Nice Try, Facebook. iOS Changes Aren’t Bad for Small Businesses

Nice Try, Facebook. iOS Changes Aren’t Bad for Small Businesses

Late last week, Facebook bought full-page ads in the leading national dailies contending that Apple’s new policy, which will require apps running on iOS to allow users to opt out of tracking beginning early next year, will hurt small businesses.

Some UK Stores Are Using Facial Recognition to Track Shoppers

Some UK Stores Are Using Facial Recognition to Track Shoppers

A spokesperson for the firm says its “limited and targeted” use of facial recognition is to “identify when a known repeat offender enters one of our stores.”.

106 Absolute Best Cyber Monday Deals (2020): Amazon, Walmart, Target, Etc.

106 Absolute Best Cyber Monday Deals (2020): Amazon, Walmart, Target, Etc.

The products are plant-based, smell fantastic, and are much more sustainable overall than buying new plastic bottles every month.Kinflyte's garments are made of recycled polyester knits from post-consumer plastic bottles, so they're eco-friendly too.

The Senate's Section 230 Discourse Somehow Keeps Getting Dumber

The Senate's Section 230 Discourse Somehow Keeps Getting Dumber

At the risk of imposing more coherence than there really was, the main line of attack on Section 230 from Senate Republicans today was that Twitter and Facebook are no longer mere neutral platforms, but rather act as publishers, making editorial decisions about what content to allow and when to add their own content.

Inside Parler, the Right's Favorite 'Free Speech' App

Inside Parler, the Right's Favorite 'Free Speech' App

Right-wing luminaries who still have profiles on “lamestream” social media have made posts encouraging their followers to get off Facebook and Twitter and join them on Parler instead.

Twitter’s ‘Hacked Materials’ Rule Tries to Thread an Impossible Needle

Twitter’s ‘Hacked Materials’ Rule Tries to Thread an Impossible Needle

On Thursday evening, Twitter's head of trust and safety, Vijaya Gadde, posted a thread of tweets explaining a new policy on hacked materials, in response to the firestorm of criticism it received—largely from the political right and President Donald Trump—for its decision to block the sharing of a New York Post story based on alleged private data and communications of presidential candidate Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.

Put Trump's Tweets on a Time Delay

Put Trump's Tweets on a Time Delay

We applaud these changes, and believe that if Twitter is serious about its stated goal of “protecting the integrity of the election conversation,” there's another thing the platform should consider: putting a time delay on the tweets of Donald Trump and other political elites.

A Poker Pro Accused of Cheating Wants $330M in Damages

A Poker Pro Accused of Cheating Wants $330M in Damages

Mike Postle, a 42-year-old poker pro who has been widely accused of cheating on livestreamed games at a Sacramento casino, has never wavered in his claims of innocence.The bulk of the poker world, including many of the named defendants, seems to have greeted the news of Postle’s suit with derision.

Reddit Bots Are Hunting Down Racists, One Post at a Time

Reddit Bots Are Hunting Down Racists, One Post at a Time

Improving the bot so that it could respond to comments almost instantly, keep a database of all the users it investigated and comments it replied to, and run on a server for months at a time without crashing took much more learning and effort,” says the creator.

The Business of the Internet Is Stuck in Trump's Swamp

The Business of the Internet Is Stuck in Trump's Swamp

I’m referring to the $10 billion JEDI project, one of the most prized government defense contracts in years.

The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart

The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart

The September 21, 2019, game, which Stones was broadcasting to audiences via YouTube and Twitch , had attracted several top players to the casino's card room, a gaudily lit space done up like an Old West saloon.

What Even Is ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’ on Platforms?

What Even Is ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’ on Platforms?

Like so many of the revelations about content that violates platform policies, the TPA posts were revealed not through the platforms’ own moderators, but through the intrepid reporting of journalists.

Facebook's Zuckerberg Says He's Got Election Stuff Under Control

Facebook's Zuckerberg Says He's Got Election Stuff Under Control

In a blog post, Mark Zuckerberg laid out Facebook’s latest election-related policies, including its plan to deal with the possibility that a winner won’t be officially declared on Election Day. The company plans to use its new Voting Information Center “to prepare people for the possibility that it may take a while to get official results.” On Election Day, the information center will include authoritative information from Reuters and the National Election Pool.

A Critical Flaw Is Affecting Thousands of WordPress Sites

A Critical Flaw Is Affecting Thousands of WordPress Sites

Hackers are actively exploiting a vulnerability that allows them to execute commands and malicious scripts on websites running File Manager, a WordPress plugin with more than 700,000 active installations, researchers said on Tuesday.

Hackers Flood Reddit With Pro-Trump Takeovers

Hackers Flood Reddit With Pro-Trump Takeovers

In what appears to be a massive coordinated strike against Reddit , hackers took over dozens of pages on Friday afternoon, using their access to plaster pro-Donald Trump imagery across subreddits with huge followings.

Facebook 'Manage Activity' Is a Long Overdue Privacy Feature

Facebook 'Manage Activity' Is a Long Overdue Privacy Feature

Manage Activity will also introduce a Facebook Trash folder so you can delete posts more easily.All archived posts will show up in one place, but Facebook says there isn’t a way to view the collection of posts you've marked Only Me.

The DHS Prepares for Attacks Fueled by 5G Conspiracy Theories

The DHS Prepares for Attacks Fueled by 5G Conspiracy Theories

Now, the DHS "is preparing to advise the US telecom industry on steps it can take to prevent attacks on 5G cell towers following a rash of incidents in Western Europe fueled by the false claim that the technology spreads the pathogen causing Covid-19," The Washington Post reported last week.

Science Fairs Are Canceled. Maybe That’s Just as Well

Science Fairs Are Canceled. Maybe That’s Just as Well

Also canceled, just about every school- and state-level science fair and, as far as I can tell, pretty much every Science Olympiad event.But science fairs seem to force students into this artificial, cookie-cutter presentation format.

Facebook and the Folly of Self-Regulation

Facebook and the Folly of Self-Regulation

What problems does the new Facebook review board propose to solve?.It has no influence on the sorts of harassment that regularly occur on Facebook or (Facebook-owned) WhatsApp. It won’t dictate policy for Facebook Groups, where much of the most dangerous content thrives.

Build Your Own Pinhole Videocam!

Build Your Own Pinhole Videocam!

The simplest way to project an image onto a screen is with a pinhole.It seems magical, but the light from that hole would project an image of the outside world onto a wall in the room.

Inside the Early Days of China’s Coronavirus Coverup

Inside the Early Days of China’s Coronavirus Coverup

Yue thought that she had become desensitized, but this post made her fists clench: It was written by Xiao Hui, a journalist friend of hers who was reporting on the ground for Caixin, a prominent Chinese news outlet.

A New, Plastic-Busting Enzyme Can Break Down Water Bottles

A New, Plastic-Busting Enzyme Can Break Down Water Bottles

For natural materials, breaking down isn't an issue, as microbes have evolved ways of digesting them to obtain energy or useful chemicals.The microbes that currently digest PET break down that ring as well, making them unsuitable for recycling.

Facebook Could Help Journalism by Making News Easier to Find

Facebook Could Help Journalism by Making News Easier to Find

Facebook announced on Monday that it was going to spend $100 million to help local news outlets during the coronavirus crisis.That money was meant to support coronavirus coverage in local publications, but according to Brown, so many requests for that money came in that the company realized that a much bigger sum was needed.

How ProMED Crowdsourced the Arrival of Covid-19 and SARS

How ProMED Crowdsourced the Arrival of Covid-19 and SARS

In her inbox was a note from a frequent and reliable contributor to ProMED, an email list of disease alerts for which Pollack serves as deputy editor.

Russia Doesn't Want Bernie Sanders. It Wants Chaos

Russia Doesn't Want Bernie Sanders. It Wants Chaos

“We saw Russia amplifying conspiracy theories suggesting that delays in reporting returns were part of an effort to deny Senator Sanders a clear win,” says Jessica Brandt, head of policy and research for the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan nonprofit that tracks and counteracts Russian disinformation.

Susan Fowler and the End of the ‘High Performer’ Defense

Susan Fowler and the End of the ‘High Performer’ Defense

Within days of Fowler’s post, which described firsthand how the company tolerated sexual harassment and ignored discrimination against women, Uber was under siege, forced to authorize an outside investigation that would lead to the departure of its bro-tastic CEO Travis Kalanick.

Does Facebook Need an ‘Understand’ Button?

Does Facebook Need an ‘Understand’ Button?

“We’ve just introduced an easy way to tell friends that you like what they’re sharing on Facebook with one easy click,” the note says.We think of the new ‘Like’ feature to be the stars, and the comments to be the review.”.

A Facebook Bug Exposed Anonymous Admins of Pages

A Facebook Bug Exposed Anonymous Admins of Pages

All software has flaws, and Facebook quickly pushed a fix for this one—but not before word got around on message boards like 4chan, where people posted screenshots that doxed the accounts behind prominent pages.

How to Watch the November Democratic Debate

How to Watch the November Democratic Debate

Tonight’s debate will once again feature 10 of the top Democratic candidates, who will be taking the stage in Atlanta at 9 pm Eastern.The fifth Democratic debate is being cohosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.

TikTok, Under Scrutiny, Distances Itself From China

TikTok, Under Scrutiny, Distances Itself From China

It wasn’t the first time this month that lawmakers have questioned the security and content moderation practices of TikTok. Two weeks ago, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) called for the Committee on Foreign Investment to investigate ByteDance’s 2017 acquisition of , a lip-syncing app popular in the US that was later merged with TikTok. On Twitter, Rubio said he was concerned TikTok is “censoring content in line with #China’s communist government directives.”.